Improvements to Oahu crime mapping tool to be discussed by city, police

When it comes to crime in your neighborhood, how much do you want to know?

The Honolulu Police Department has a crime mapping tool you can use to look up those crimes. But violent crimes, such as sexual assault, are not included.

Kailua resident Marsha Horsley had never used the crime mapping tool. After being shown how to use it, and not seeing sexual assault listed, she said “there is no reason to separate the two, especially if there is a violent crime you need to know, or a sexual crime. You should be prepared and they should give you the information.”

We also checked for several locations like Chinatown, Waikiki, and Ward Avenue, where there was a robbery just last week, but the website showed no records found.

Planned changes to the website may come Tuesday when the Honolulu City Council takes up the matter with HPD.

Back in late October, the department said it would ask for public feedback on its crime mapping program at neighborhood board meetings across Oahu in November. It would also survey victim advocates, businesses and others in the community to see if they would like additional crimes added.

We spoke with council member Brandon Elefante, who chairs the Committee on Public Health, Safety and Welfare, and he said he spoke with the police department and was told they are willing to look at releasing more information about violent crimes.

“I think it’s important because of the issue of transparency,” Elefante said. “We want to know what’s going on in our communities.”

“Anything could happen. You need to be extra cautious or take extra steps to make sure you are prepared. That information would be good and it could come in handy to help someone. It could save a life, you never know,” Horsley said.

The meeting at Honolulu Hale is at 9 a.m. Tuesday and it’s open to the public.

We reached out to the Waikiki Neighborhood Board to ask about the crime mapping issue and the chairman told us they’ve yet to take a position on it.

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